The Week 2 returns are in. Let’s take a spin around the Big Ten:


Columbus discovered. . . the Buckeyes’ offense isn’t see-worthy.

Quarterback J.T. Barrett (183 passing yards, no TDs, one interception) and the rest of the Ohio State gang were no match for the Oklahoma defense and Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield, who literally planted a Sooners flag in Ohio Stadium after passing for three touchdowns and 386 yards.

As far-fetched as it seems now, wouldn’t Ohio State-Oklahoma be a delicious rematch in the College Football Playoff?

I’m not predicting that. But I’m not ruling it out.

The Buckeyes have a lot of work to do if they’re going to dig out from under their 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. They need to get better. And they need to win out.

But a year ago, when Penn State lost to Pitt, nobody was thinking the Nittany Lions would be the Big Ten’s champion. And deserving or not, Big 12 or not, I’ll believe there’s no Big Ten team in the Final Four when I see it.

FYI, here’s my favorite Urban Renewal stat: Urban Meyer has lost three bowl games in his career. After the first two, he won the national championship the next season.

The third? To Be Determined.


The new big dog in the Big Ten is Penn State. The Nittany Lions ascended to the league’s best CFP bet after throttling instate rival Pitt 33-14.

I’m not sure exactly why, but James Franklin stirred the pot after the fact. Showing a lot of hubris—or ambiguous language skills—he said, “I know last year, for their win, it was like the Super Bowl. But for us, this was just like beating Akron.’’

Guessing he knows what he’s doing, even if I don’t.

Here’s what gamblers know. Although the Panthers weren’t competitive, their late TD, combined with holding the Nittany Lions to a late field goal, ended Penn State’s 11-game streak of covering the spread, which had been the nation’s longest. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.